Betting Giants vs. Nationals Total & Runline on Sunday 8/24

Willie Bee

Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:16 PM GMT

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 2:16 PM GMT

The Nationals and Giants are level in their weekend MLB odds series, setting up Sunday's rubber game in DC where Washington is 42-25 on the season.

Hunter Pence's blast in the first inning helped the San Francisco Giants jump out to a very quick 2-0 lead over the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of their weekend set. Unfortunately for the Giants, that would be their only highlight in a 6-2 loss, evening their series and setting up a decisive battle in Sunday's nationally-televised finale.

Washington's victory pushed Matt Williams' club back out to a 7-game lead in the NL East with the top record in the Senior Circuit. San Francisco fell 4.5 behind the Los Angeles Dodgers out in the West and in need of a win today to head back home with a winning road trip.

TBS will carry the clash, Stephen Strasburg expected to deliver the first pitch at 1:35 PM (ET). The Nats are drawing a -170 to -180 chalk line on the MLB betting card against Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants, a 7 run total also in the offing for baseball bettors.

 

Vogelsong, Strasburg Meet For 2nd Time In '14
The Giants have been shutout prone when Vogelsong takes to the mound in 2014, five of the 13 times they've been blanked coming when the Charlotte native pitches. San Francisco has managed to plate just three in his last two starts, both losses after he opened August with back-to-back victories.

Vogelsong was slapped around by Washington hitters about 10 weeks ago in San Francisco, giving up nine hits and six runs in six innings. He has just one career appearance on this mound, and the Nats got to him then as well (3.2 IP, 3 ER), though the Giants eventually rallied for the dubya.

The pounding Vogelsong took from the Nationals at AT&T Park benefitted Strasburg who held the Giants to just one run in six frames, striking out seven along the way. His lifetime numbers vs. San Francisco include a 3-0 record (Washington 3-1) with an outstanding 1.80 ERA over 25 innings.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Big Chris Conroy should be under the mask working the dish in Sunday's series finale, towing a 13-8 (O/U) record into the contest. A closer inspection of that mark reveals his tendencies have shifted strong to the 'under' after beginning 2014 with 10 of his first 11 plate assignments sailing past totals, and often by wide margins in that stretch averaging 14 runs per game while the last 10 (3-7 O/U) finished at a 6.5 RPG clip.

Saturday's contest was held up more than an hour due to rain, but the good news was the delay came before first pitch and even better news is today's matchup should be played under sunny skies. The DC forecast calls for 77º at game-time with an 8-10 mph breeze from east-northeast (in from right).

Let's double up on our free MLB picks in this one with plays on the 'over' and the Nats run line.

My Free MLB Pick: Nationals -1.5 (+130), Over 7 (-115)

Season: 104-111 (-8.05)

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